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Tourism in Japan
There are hundreds, if not thousands of tourist spots in all prefectures in Japan. They can be quiet national parks to centuries old temples and shrines to the high technology shopping areas of Akihabara. These spots can be reached by trains, buses, walking, and even a taxi.
There are no stringent religious obligations nor criminal punishments because of them. Most Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples permit photography; there and at castles, gardens, museums, and elsewhere, the use of tripods and flash might be restricted.
Major tourist spots and trains have displays in both Japanese and English. There are free traveling guides for most languages and books are available on how to travel in Japan. When one gets lost, find a Koban or a large store and ask for help. Write them down if unable to communicate.
Be sure to exchange your money for yen at the airport or in a bank. Credit cards can be used in most stores and hotels. No tipping is necessary and carrying lots of money is generally safe. Personal checks are used only for extremely large transactions; don't expect to be able to use them.
Be sure to purchase before opening items. Items can be wrapped for gifts for little or no fees in most stores. When buying electronic goods, check if they can be used overseas.
Even with a rising crime rate, Japan remains one of the safest countries. There is only a little chance of being a victim and it is generally safe to walk around at night. The emergency telephone numbers are 110 for the police department, "119" for the fire department and ambulance. Never try to bribe when in trouble. It is better to apologize even when you are unsure who is responsible and this will rarely be used in a trial as the evidence of an ill deed.
Popular sightseeing spots in Japan
- Hiroshima Peace Memorial - The remains of the Hiroshima Prefectural Promotion Hall after the atomic bombing. Rebuilt castle. Baseball park.
- Hyogo prefecture:
- Nara prefecture:
- Traditional towns:
- Nakasendo - one of the roads from Old Tokyo (Edo) and Kyoto passes through the Nagano prefecture. Some of the post towns (shuku) along this road have been preserved and show the lifestyles of both the commoners and the high ranking officials.
- Gassho zukkuri are traditional style houses from the mountain region of Gifu prefecture. A visit to Shirakawago and Takayama are well worth the effort. In Takayama be sure to visit Hida No Sato, an outdoor museum that allows you to walk around the inside of the houses, visit the tea house for free tea and senbei, and enjoy walk around the village.
- Tochigi Prefecture:
Other common spots to visit:
- Three Views of Japan - Japan's most famous scenic spots
- See Tokyo Tourism
- Yokohama - The first city opened to foreigners in Edo period.
- Mount Fuji
Famous events in Japan:
- Travel Walk - Tokyo Tourist Spots
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